Calle Dao - Bryant Park

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Cuban
Calle Dao (Knife Street) is a Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant designed to pay homage to Havana’s once-thriving El Barrio Chino. Formerly the largest Chinatown in Latin America, El Barrio Chino is now confined to one narrow street, Calle Cuchillo – Knife Street - from which Calle Dao takes its name.
The cuisine, cocktails and décor of Calle Dao strive to transport our guests back to El Barrio Chino when it was at the height of its existence. Calle Dao has created mouthwatering dishes that seamlessly blend Cuban staples with Asian flavors. The cocktails, created by Mixologist Joy Daniel, also meld the old world with the new using historic names for libations with modern ingredients
Step into a bygone era and enjoy a modern dining experience at Calle Dao.
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EP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter - didn’t get his name, unfortunately, is super thoughtful. I was there with my colleague and was shown a table in the back. I was wondering why he did that when there was 2 empty table in the front part of the restaurant. I insisted to be seated in the front - away from the bathroom. After sitting down for awhile, I realized the reason why our water ushered us to the table in the middle/ back part of the restaurant. There was 3 girls sitting in front (by the bar) who’s been drinking since happy hour. One of the girl was super drunk and have a very annoying loud high pitch voice. When I asked the waiter, he told me they have been there since happy hour. I put two and two together, and asked our waiter, is that why you wanted to seat us in the back? Away from this annoying trio? (Actually only one was loud with annoying high pitch voice). His smile answered my question. What a thoughtful person our waiter was. I should have gotten his name and made the management aware of his customer service skills.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed when we arrived! Not sure why they got the res!!

H
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our waiter Ricky was awesome! Brunch was great and bottomless drinks was fantastic! I will definitely go back!

CO
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent vibe, cocktails and food. This gem is one block from the bustle of Bryant Park. Dined here on a Saturday night before an 8:00 Broadway show and the casual crowd turned into a chatty, energetic crowd by 7:30. Appetizers, entrees and desserts all were delicious. Coffee and cappuccinos excellent. Will definitely return.

KS
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful atmosphere on a relatively convenient side street to theatres - just a few blocks - fun Cuban Asian food - great lunch special - soup and sandwish - very very cute

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for HH with a few friends after work. Made a reservation for 5:30 and got there early so got a drink at the bar, it was pretty empty in the place but let me tell you it gets pretty packed and a res is def needed after 6/6:30. Got a couple happy hour margaritas which were a great price but a bit too sweet for my liking. So I switched to a tequila soda which is also part of their HH (well drinks) and it was much better. We ordered a few apps and an entree and the food was delicious: wings, steamed dumplings, empanadas & yuca fries as well as the beef & broccoli bowl entree which was sufficient enough for 3 people to share. Everyone enjoyed the ambiance, food and their drinks (my two friends got the caipirinha & mojito and they loved them). We stayed for 2 hours and at no point were we rushed to leave. Would definitely come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun and great waiter! Enjoyed our food, drinks and atmosphere!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific place. Went there for brunch it's crowded but service was quick and efficient. Food was excellent, highly recommend

J
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve visited the Chelsea location multiple times and love it. Today was my first visit to the Bryant Park location, and it was good but not great. The servers were very friendly but scattered, probably because it was busy, which is understandable, but the staff at the other location has always been on point, and I’ve been there when there was one server for the entire restaurant. The hostess at this location initially said there was no record of a reservation under my name even though one of my friends has already checked in. She implied that I must have gotten the locations confused until my friend reminded her that he had already checked in under my name. We did the bottomless brunch and were satisfied with our drinks, but our server did have to come back a few times and ask us for a reminder of what drinks we wanted. It probably would’ve helped if he wrote them down. The food was decent, but the portions were smaller than the Chelsea location and our server forgot to follow up on an item we had wanted ingredient clarification on. Ultimately it was fine, whereas the Chelsea location is exceptional.

DF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service and food. The portions could be a little bigger as that is the trend.

Over all and excellent experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time at Calle Dao. Loved the food, vibe and service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food as always.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister recommended me to this place and I’m glad I brought my friends here. The food was delicious!

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was really good and the service was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and server is awesome!!

VS
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love this restaurant! The food took a while to come out and that was very frustrating. But food is delicious and will definitely be going back.

RM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place with different delicious food!! Not hard to find. Great energy!

DW
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great experience in every way! Food and staff. Very good and lots of fun!

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time, the waitstaff was terrific, and the food was OK. The portion size for the price point was very small, but it was good and we enjoyed it. It was very busy,and very load, but they didn’t rush us and we had time to enjoy ourselves.

DM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service good. As with a lot of smaller restaurants in NYC, border line obnoxiously loud and the place was between 1/2 and 3/4 full.

CM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took my team here for a holiday lunch so we were not there for quiet ambiance. That said, it is a lovely place. Inviting on the inside with great food. We tried a little of everything and I particularly liked the beef and broccoli.
I would definitely recommend

N
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and quality of food.

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We shared a few of the happy hour bites, dumplings, sliders, wings, & yucca fries. All were decent, nothing to write home about.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great find; I highly recommend and will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Octopus was to die for!!! Oysters 1.50$ every day for happy hour! Service was stellar! Highly recommend!!! Definitely going back!!!

AP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The place is cozy and cute, but the plates were too small, we were still hungry after eating our entree...the food was ok!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food. Large portions. String and creative cocktails. Avoid the pig ear though wasn't really what I expected.

CE
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team, fantastic food.

OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, yummy eclectic menu - and fantastic friendly service. Interesting crowd and decor - nice vibe.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was very helpful in recommending appetizers and entrees. Atmosphere is very cozy, a tad cramped to some. Octopus appetizer was delicious as was my Monte Cristo cocktail. My salmon entree was good, maybe on the small side. Hubby’s beef and broccoli could have been richer and more seasoned. Still, the vibe was cool, good music and energy.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

w
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

"energetic" is a euphemism for way too noisy, which it is when full, which it is most of the time.
But, food and waiter, Justin, made it a great experience. However, need some kind of noise reduction in the floor, ceiling, tables, etc. for my taste

KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been here on multiple occasions. Brought a couple new friends to enjoy the brunch. While we had no problems with our waiter (very attentive and hilarious), the owner/manager woman kind of stalked our table when we were wrapping up.
We saw her making hand gestures towards us while waiting for our check, when we inquired about the after meal ice treat (my main reason for going), we were told they were all out. Made us wonder if she had any say in that. We weren't rowdy, loud or anything; a group of ladies(plus a bun in the oven) enjoying each others company over food, drinks & tea. I won't let her "attitude" deter me from going there again... I really enjoy Calle Dao.

RL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We use the expression “hidden gem” too often but this place is a real gem. The atmosphere is a lovely soft Cuban style, with Caribbean music in the background. Our waiter was outstanding. Relaxed, funny, attentive. The menu is more Cuban than Asian, but we tasted both. Nothing fancy but excellent quality. We didn’t drink but they have a “bottomless” deal that is worth trying. Fantastic place to come with friends.

SG
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. The oxtail croquettes were delicious, as were the spring rolls. Service great. Hidden gem!

MI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Surprisingly delicison and interesting combinations.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was great

TK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd visit to the restaurant. We had friends visiting from Los Angeles and thought this would be a good choice and it was. We ordered several appetizers to share. Absolutely delicious!! Especially enjoyed the oysters on the 1/2 shell.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Music was awesome the best salsa music!

PK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Way too loud to talk?
Food was very good

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